Super Bowl 2014 fan guide: Parties in New York
Times Square is the setting for at least one big-ticket Super Bowl party stocked with supermodels and celebrities
SUPER BOWL 2014 NEWS
There is much truth to the idea that the Super Bowl is played in New York, but highly celebrated in New York. There’s a whole lineup of VIP, high-profile and big-ticket parties and shows landing in Manhattan and New York during Super Bowl week, in addition to invite-only NFL parties in the Meadowlands.
Anticipate celebrity-studded red carpets as party organizers take advantage of the high-wattage talent the Big Apple can attract.
Rappers, models, chefs, NFL players, actors, TV personalities, soul singers and country crooners will all hit the party circuit. And for those who can’t spare the hundreds and thousands required to access these fetes, there’s always another time-honored game to play — gawking.
Models, you say? Leather & Laces, an annual event on the Super Bowl party scene, is in its 11th go-around for Super Bowl XLVIII. The suggestive, pun-happy name of the bash will materialize this year in a string of supermodel hosts. On Jan. 31 there’s Bar Refaeli and Brooklyn Decker. Feb. 1 brings Victoria’s Secret “Angels” Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima.
Tickets start at $950 and run up to $30,000 for a private cabana. The party is 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, Times Square at Liberty Theater, 234 W. 42nd St. in New York on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1; visit leatherandlaces.com.
The combined Men’s Fitness and Shape Magazine Super Bowl Party, making its debut for Super Bowl XLVIII, will have an audience of 800 guests and an A-list entertainment lineup.
Comedian Jeffrey Ross will emcee, and Mary J. Blige — Shape’s December cover model — will be the opening performer. John Legend will sing throughout dinner, and there will be a Shape fashion show with model Petra Nemcova, who covers the magazine’s January-February issue. There will also be a charity auction to benefit Nemcova’s Happy Hearts Fund, whose mission it is to rebuild schools after natural disasters.
A performance from singer Marc Anthony will finish the night. Even if you can’t make it to the party — or afford it — video from inside the event is scheduled to be projected on buildings downtown.
The event runs from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at Cipriani, 110 E. 42nd St., New York. Tickets are $2,500 each; $25,000 per 10-person table; visit shapemensfitnessparty.com.
On Feb. 1, DirecTV hosts another kind of bowl — its annual celebrity beach football game at the 88,000-square foot DTV SuperFan Stadium (Hudson River Park Trust at Pier 40, 353 West St., New York. The 8th Annual DirecTV Celebrity Beach Bowl will have Hollywood types and NFL alum squaring off for a game of flag football. Free, open to public. Right after the game, there will be a musical performance (artist TBA).
While there may not be an NFL connection — or will there be? — Howard Stern’s Birthday Party will be adding to all the glitz of Super Bowl week on Jan. 31 at Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St, New York; (212) 279-7740. Visit siriusxm.com/HowardBdayBash or howardstern.com for more information.
Football isn’t the only game in town Super Bowl week. The Ninth Annual Super Bowl Celebrity Bowling Classic is Feb. 1 at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers. Amateur bowlers are paired with NFL players as well as members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Wounded Warriors Project. Among those set to bowl are Hall of Famers Jimmy Taylor, Harry Carson (formerly of the Giants), Rickey Jackson and Lem Barney.
Registration 10 a.m.; the tournament starts at noon. Awards will be presented at 2:30 p.m. Cost for a single bowler is $750; a team of four is $3,000. Admission for spectators is $200. Money raised goes to the non-profit NFL Foundation. Everyone who bowls gets a Super Bowl XLVIII bowling ball, pin and shirt. There will also be a buffet and auction. Bowlmor Chelsea Piers, 23rd St. and the West Side Highway; (212) 835-2695; visit nynjsuperbowl.com/ny-nj-guide/events-calendar. To participate, make a donation the day of the tournament or email tournament director Nick Nicolosi: firstname.lastname@example.org
Patti LaBelle headlines the 2014 Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, the big game’s annual gospel tie-in, started at Super Bowl XXXIII in 1999 by players who wanted some spirituality with their football.
Also performing: Donnie McClurkin, Tamela Mann, Natalie Grant and Mary Mary will also perform. New Jersey singers will number among a multicultural choir that will represent the region, the first of its kind organized for the event. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza (7th Avenue & 32nd Street), New York. Tickets $45 to $150. A portion of proceeds goes to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or visit superbowlgospel.com
Janelle Monae hits the stage at Hot 97’s Light it Up concert. The show’s lineup also includes Just Blaze, SchoolBoy Q, Sevyn Streeterand Mack Wilds as well as DJ Cassidy and Been Trill. Feb. 1 at Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St., New York, N.Y. Doors 7, show 8 p.m. Tickets $50 to $65; call (800) 745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com or hot97.com
Red Hot Chili Peppers head up WFAN’s Big Hello to Brooklyn. Also playing: New Politics, J-Roddy Walston and The Business, MS MR and Basic Vacation. 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. Tickets $79.50 to $30, call (800) 745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com
‘The Catch’ Game Day Experience will have Super Bowl champs Joe Montana and Dwight Clark — who will offer up a pregame analysis — along with Giants alumni Howard Cross and Sean Landeta. Opera tenor James Valenti and champion polo player Brandon Phillips will also be there. The party will have 20 TVs to watch the game. There will also be an open bar and food stations from chef Mina Newman, and a silent auction of sports memorabilia, which will benefit Autism Speaks. The organization will also receive a portion of ticket sales.
4 p.m. to midnight Feb. 2 at Edison Ballroom, 240 West 47th St., New York, N.Y. Admission $300; Call (646) 640-7406 or visit blackandtanentertainment.com
Opening for Super Bowl week, The 50 Yard Lounge’s motto, is “Eat. Drink. Football.” From Jan. 29 through game day on Feb. 2, the Penn Plaza venue, organized by Glen Ridge’s The Connect Group, will be offering a variety of foodie events divided into four “quarters” each day, with appearances from chefs as well as active and retired football players.
“Immerse yourself in the rich culinary tradition that only New York and New Jersey have to offer,” the venue’s teaser proclaims. Food personalities in attendance will include “Iron Chef” Marc Forgione, North Bergen butcher Pat LaFrieda and chefs Johnny Iuzzini, Michael White and Fredrik Berselius. Players will include Joe Thiesmann, Doug Flutie, Matt Light and Hall of Famer Cris Carter.
The 50 Yard Lounge is at One Penn Plaza (at W. 32nd Street), New York. Tickets, $400 to $650 with multi-day packages available for more, are at 50yardlounge.com; call (800) 591-9198.
50 Yard Lounge event schedule:
Jan 29: From 10 a.m. to noon, there will be a “bagel breakfast bash” to kick off the Lounge’s “Welcome to New York” bash, with city bagel makers and “the best shmears.” From noon to 4 p.m., there’s a “Best of N.J. Diners” event with state diners presenting their signature dishes. From 4 to 9 p.m. there will be an “I Love New York” tasting and cocktail hour(s). From 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., late night snacks — “slices” and street food are promised — will round out the day.
Jan 30: Thursday’s theme is “From Paris to Rome,” with French and Italian cuisine. From 10 a.m. to noon, a French breakfast; from noon to 4, soup and pasta; from 4 to 9, “Whose Nana Reigns Supreme?” in which chefs will enter the ring with their grandmothers’ best recipes. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. brings a late-night pizza tasting.
Jan 31: An “Around the World in a Day” theme bring food from various countries. From 9 a.m. to noon, it’s Latin and Asian breakfast; from noon to 4 p.m., ramen, dumplings and banh mi as well as a sushi demo with an NFL legend; from 4 to 9 p.m. there’s a street food segment with an appearance from Joe Thiesmann; 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. will feature an array of tacos.
Feb. 1: Doug Flutie is slated to appear at 6 p.m. “Made in the U.S.A.” is the day’s theme, with an American breakfast of sausage, bacon, hash browns and eggs starting 9 a.m., an “ultimate NYC sandwich” segment (pastrami and lobster roll are promised) at noon, and twists on American classics like macaroni and cheese, barbecue and sloppy joes from 4 to 9 p.m. From 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., there’s a burger bonanza.
Feb. 2: A tailgate theme starts 9 a.m. with steaks, “bloodies” (Bloody Marys) and eggs as well as a “chalk talk” session with analysts and players about what it will take to win the big game. The celebration continues with a cook-off pitting chefs from the two competing cities against each other. From 3:30 p.m. to midnight, there will be tailgate food like three-layer Mexican dip, subs and wings. Veteran players will continue to make predictions about the game through half-time.
Taste of the NFL’s Party with a Purpose
“Party with a Purpose” is Taste of the NFL’s annual huddle of NFL alumni and chefs from around the country in support of hunger relief. The party links chefs with NFL veterans who played for their city.
Former Giants punter Sean Landeta will accompany “Cake Boss” stars Buddy Valastro, Joe Faugno and Mauro Castano from Carlo’s Bakery, who will present a cake. The benefit/party started in 1992 at Super Bowl XXVI in Minneapolis.
This year it comes to the 180,000-square-foot Pier 12 at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. There will be 45 different food stations and a “Flavors of Brooklyn” theme, with five Brooklyn restaurants.
Proceeds benefit the Food Bank for New York City, Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger in Brooklyn and the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, which will all receive 10 percent. Other money raised will go to food banks in NFL cities as well as hunger relief organizations.
Also representing the Giants will be former player Bill Ard and Chef Kamal Rose from Tribeca Grill. Former player Freeman McNeil will represent the Jets. Also slated to attend is Miss America, Nina Davuluri, who competed as Miss New York and became the first Miss America crowned in Atlantic City in 9 years. At 9 p.m., there will be a performance from a “national entertainment act.” Party with a Purpose is 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at Pier 12 of Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, 72 Bowne St., New York, N.Y.
Tickets, $700, are for sale at tasteofthenfl.com. “Diamond Experience” tickets include access to a private party with celebrity chefs and NFL legends the night before Party with a Purpose and a dinner with Ted Allen, host of Food Network’s “Chopped,” the preceding Thursday (Jan. 30), as well as a yacht cruise to the pier for the main party. Call (612) 269-0401 for those tickets.